What's Wrong With This Picture: Four's Company Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
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Volkswagen has announced [via Autoblog] that “in response to requests by many customers,” the Passat CC will now be available with seating for three in the back seat. The lesson: even the people who spend more money for a more-fashionable but less-practical version of a mass-market car want that extra seatbelt just in case. Which begs the question…

What’s going to happen to poor baby Volt? Thanks to a fat battery running down the middle of the car, it’s buckets-only in the back. And unlike VW’s CC, the Volt won’t be fixable with some extra upholstery, a headrest and a seatbelt. Sure, it won’t matter for the hardcore early adopters, but for the folks who think the Volt can replace their family sedan, this seems likely to be an issue.

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  • Wheatridger Wheatridger on Jan 25, 2010

    Now if only the Passat CC had sufficient headroom for one in the back seat. Or the front. That plunging roofline is an immoveable wall that will keep me from buying another VW for many years to come, especially since the new US Jetta sports the same claustrophobic gangsta profile. So long, VW, it's been fun. Ernie has it right, though. Every car likes this needs a belt to secure a child seat in the center position. That's the safest place in the car. Besides, the little passenger has a better view of sights ahead from the middle. Easier to reach back there and wipe away the snot, too.

  • DweezilSFV DweezilSFV on Jan 26, 2010

    Why not four seats? Did anyone complain when stupid consoles chewed up a spot for a passenger[and knee room as well?] Or bucket seats became the standard for giving the driver that "cockpit" feel ? You know to indulge all those 'enthusiast' fantasies while creeping along in traffic ? And 4 seaters are sportier than 5 seaters, all my friends say so. I am being sarcastic: any car that large should at least offer seating for 5. Even the unloved K Car advertised seating for six.

  • El Kevarino If you have an EV platform that supports dual motor AWD, then why choose FWD for the 2WD version?
  • Analoggrotto Try as they may and as they might but the future of Electric, the future of human reality is TESLA. Only the highest level of affluence, priviledge and wealth can earn one a place in the stars. In fact when you look at the night's sky do you notice that the stars are brighter? This is because of Supreme Wizard Elon Musk, who has brightened them with this awesome grace.
  • Dukeisduke Sixty-five miles of range added in ten minutes? Doesn't sound very impressive.Also, how are they going to build these in volume if GM is building Ultium packs by hand (which they have been, slowly)? Or are the packs coming from Korea?
  • Dave M. On one hand Honda tends to make a strong, competitive product that should give you years of excellent service. On the other hand it's built on the bones of a GM product, who has a tendency to underbake their products until right before cancellation. NUMMI worked out well for GM; I wonder if this will work out well for Honda....
  • RICHARD @mebgardner I have no issues with the way the car is configured. No offensive nannies.